Children moved in in April of 2015. Mom saw them every weekend until Dec 2015. She then started doing her thing and rarely saw the girls. In the summer of 2016 she moved all their things here. I am their Grandma in every since of the word but I am not related to them or their Mom. She collects social security for the girls. She has not financially supported them since they have moved in.
You should seek out the advice of an attorney. This could prove to be a very delicate situation so you will need experienced, competent representation.
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Since the children have lived with you for more than six months without their parents, you have standing to file a petition for allocation of parental responsibilities (APR). This will allow you to get court orders establishing custody (Colorado doesn't use that word anymore, but will determine a primary residence for the children and parental decision making), a parenting time schedule, and establishing child support. You will need to have the parent's served with the court papers and show the Court what arrangements are in the best interests of the children.
It would be a good idea to work with an experienced family law attorney.
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